Stories By

Samantha Schmidt

Samantha Schmidt is an incoming senior at Indiana University, where she's pursuing majors in journalism and Arabic. She's interned at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires in London. She has also served as Investigations Editor at the Indiana Daily Student for the past year. She will be spending the rest of the summer as a reporting intern at the Tampa Bay Times. She is a reporter at the Institute.


At a vigil on the Tohono O’odham reservation, community members prayed for lives lost in the desert and protested what they characterized as the militarization of the border.



Mia Chism, a copy editor at the Institute, loves spending time with people who love journalism as much as she does and would rather copy-edit in her spare time than watch Netflix.


It took a journey through social media to find a woman who went through a violent and traumatic trek to the United States. This is one of many examples of how social media can be used as a tool in reporting.

In Focus

With the temperature rising past 100 degrees, Thursday was a good day for Tucson’s city pools to open.